It dawns on me that summer is probably the wrong time to be talking about a warm bowl of robust, flavorful soup…but we’ve had a few “cool” days where I am, so I thought I’d take advantage.
As an experiment this year, my family and I tried growing a few fruit and vegetable plants in pots on our patio. The strawberries did well, we’re still waiting on the tomatoes, but the kale grew fantastically! So much so that even after making a giant pot of soup our miniature kale garden still only looks mildly thinned-out.
A couple of clouds this week sent me to the grocery store to get the rest of the ingredients for this hearty kale soup.
Hearty Kale Soup
1 pound of ground sausage – I like Italian pork sausage, though almost any kind will do.
1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
5 small-medium russet potatoes, chopped into large chunks
2 cans of white cannellini beans
2 large chicken bouillon cubes (I prefer Knorr’s)
6-ish cups cleaned and roughly chopped kale (or as much as you have/can stuff in the pot)
First, brown your preferred sausage in the olive oil and then add the cannellini beans and approximately 8 cups of water (depending on the size of your cooking vessel and your desired density). Bring to a very low boil. Add the bouillon cubes and the potatoes and allow to simmer/low boil for about 15 minutes, until the potatoes are almost tender. Finally, toss in the kale and allow to simmer for about 10 more minutes.
Not only is this recipe super simple, but it’s also pretty flavorful thanks in large part to the spices already present in the sausage. Additionally, this is a dish that I find to be quite versatile. Hearty and rustic enough for family dinners, but sophisticated enough for guests. Add a baguette or salad on the side and you have a tasty (if non-traditional) brunch.
I hope you enjoy! (And I wouldn’t blame anyone for waiting until fall to try this recipe, I’m just impatient.)
As usual, stay cozy!